The battle to legalize cannabis in the United States has been a long one, but attitudes are changing. While in the past it would be a radical move for a politician to support the legalization of marijuana, it’s now much more accepted. In fact, 62% of Americans now support legalization.
With the majority on board, it could be time for a shift that could bring the country not only more freedom but also many economic benefits. Here’s our list of the top 12 politicians that support cannabis reform policies.
#1 Bernie Sanders – United States Senator of Vermont
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is very progressive on many fronts, and so his support for cannabis is no surprise. He believes that criminalizing marijuana is a waste of time and resources that isn’t doing anybody any good.
His policies focus on legalization and using the tax money generated for the good of state programs in desperate need of funding.
#2 Elizabeth Warren – United States Senator of Massachusetts
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke favorably of the medical marijuana ballot in 2012, and she believes that legalizing medical marijuana is a great way to combat the opioid overdose epidemic.
She continues to be a friend to the cannabis industry and to individuals suffering from ailments which could be helped with medical marijuana but are not being offered it as an alternative treatment option.
#3Cory Gardner – United States Senator of Colorado
While U.S. Senator Cory Gardner actually had initially opposed the marijuana legalization bill in Colorado, he seems to have adjusted his position for the better.
In fact, now that the law has been passed he believes that it’s his duty to protect the rights of the state’s citizens when it comes to cannabis. He famously led a blockade on DOJ nominees which ended with Trump agreeing to support cannabis reform.
#4 – Rand Paul – United States Senator of Kentucky
Following in the footsteps of his father U.S. Senator Rand Paul, who was one of the only Republicans to support cannabis legislation for many years, Rand is working hard to legalize it in Kentucky. He was the lead Republican on the CARERS act and is now one of five sponsoring the states act.